CHEA Letter to HELP Committee Leadership and Other Accreditation-Related Issues

February 27, 2018


CHEA Letter to Senate HELP Committee Leadership (Council for Higher Education Accreditation, February 23, 2018) CHEA's letter to Senator Lamar Alexander, Chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee and Ranking Member Senator Patty Murray addressed accreditation and reauthorization of the Higher Education Act. (See also Accreditation and Reauthorization of the Higher Education Act (H.R. 4508) on the CHEA Website.)

Education Officials Tweak Request for Public Comments on Accreditors Amid Legal Challenge (Politico “Morning Education” (after opening link, scroll down to see item), February 27, 2018) “The Trump administration this week plans to issue a correction to two recent Federal Register notices that invited public comment on college accreditors — as it fights a lawsuit accusing the Education Department of a procedural flaw in its process for evaluating accrediting organizations.”

Education Dept. Releases Records at Center of a Lawsuit Over Accrediting Panels (The Washington Post, February 22, 2018) “The U.S. Department of Education this week began releasing records on controversial higher education accrediting agencies, relenting in response to a lawsuit filed by a public policy think tank.”

Education Dept. Knew of Whistle-Blower Complaint Before Easing Restrictions on For-Profit College (The Chronicle of Higher Education [subscription required], February 22, 2018) “In an August 9 letter to the department,  Michelle Edwards, president of the Accrediting Council for Colleges and Schools, warned that Northwest Suburban College may have been in violation of Title IV regulations .”

Facing a Perfect Storm of Circumstances, PA Leaders Take Radical Approach to Higher Ed Model (Education Dive, February 20, 2018) “[Karen] Whitney, who joked to a D.C. audience gathered for the Council for HigherEducation Accreditation's annual meeting in late January that her interim status gives her leeway to be radical, said she thinks fear of accreditors and the U.S. Department of Education prevents many higher ed leaders from changing their institution’s service delivery approach.”